January 19, 2023

Today in History: Elijah Lovejoy

Last Updated on September 11, 2022

The martyrdom of Lovejoy: the mob attacking
Today in History–November 7–the Library of Congress features Elijah Lovejoy, who was killed by a pro-slavery mob on this day in 1837. As editor of The St. Louis Observer–a newspaper started to promote religious and moral education–wrote editorials supporting emancipation. Learn more about the life and death of this champion of freedom by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access related resources.

Elijah Parish Lovejoy Was Killed By a Pro-slavery Mob from America’s Library

Books about Elijah Lovejoy

Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument Association

Elijah Parish Lovejoy, 1802-1837, printer and abolitionist who was murdered by mob in Alton, Ill., Nov. 7, 1837 (illustrated text)

Remembering Elijah Lovejoy: historical newspaper coverage

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